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Sports and Exercise Medicine - MSc/PGDip


University of Nottingham School of Medicine

About the course

This course is aimed at doctors, physiotherapists and allied professionals with a strong musculoskeletal clinical background. We feel strongly that the range of backgrounds of the students provides students with a rounded education, drawing on the wide ranging clinical experience and different expertise of the students and lecturers

Course highlights:

  • Study an established sport and exercise medicine course which is recognised nationally and internationally, with teaching shaped by the latest developments
  • Have the opportunity to sit in sports medicine clinics with consultant SEM doctors and physiotherapists. You will gain exposure to all sections of the community and see a wide ranging spectrum of musculoskeletal problems while experiencing first-hand investigation and treatment
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Entry Requirements

2.1 degree (or international equivalent) in physiotherapy, sports therapy or related subject or pass at MBBS (and other medical degrees where no classification is awarded at standard); English language requirements: IELTS: 7.0 (with no less than 6.0 in any element).



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Dr James Cheng

2890.jpg The most useful knowledge I have obtained from MSc course was the Exercise Physiology and Biochemistry component. As a physiotherapist, I was confident with the Orthopaedics part of the course, but like other course mates, I was also confused why I had to study 'muscle metabolism' as I thought I might not use it in the rest of my life anyway. However, when I started to have communication with sports coaches, I started to realise that what I have been taught about exercise physiology and biochemistry in the MSc Sports and Exercise Medicine course could actually explain the sport training theory and plan. The knowledge I have learned from MSc Sports and Exercise Medicine allowed me to help a sport team for developing training strategies, coaching education, and coordinating all kinds of support for elite athletes. This is all about sports performance and injury prevention.

After I completed my PhD in Nottingham, I was invited to join Taiwan track and field team based in a training camp in Berlin for half year before 2008 Beijing Olympic Games. I observed the training, competitions and had so many conversations with the athletes and coaches in the training camp. I was sent to a 10 days seminar of track and field as an interpreter for a group of Taiwanese national coaches. In the seminar I quickly understood that everything I learned from MSc Sports and Exercise Medicine course was to build up ideas in my mind about injury prevention. There is never just "overtraining" but always "wrong training strategy" that leads to sports injuries. As a medical staff, I need to know more about how an athlete actually got injured. The value of being a team medical staff with a degree in sports medicine is to be able to work with a sport coach for a better training environment, that includes training strategy, facilities, medical support, scientific support, nutrition strategy, travel plan...etc, it's not just medical treatment.

If someone from medical background is interested in starting a good adventure in sport, I would recommend her/him to take MSc Sports and Exercise Medicine in Nottingham, but it is not an easy master programme.

James Shih-Chung CHENG
Associate Professor & Director of Graduate Institute of Athletics and Coaching Science, National Taiwan Sport University




Qamar Siddiqi (NHS GP and part of the medical team at Stoke City FC)

3169.jpg "Working full time and doing the MSc on a part-time basis has taken a lot of grit and determination. The course requires significant time and attention to complete the assessments. Having completed my undergraduate course 12 years prior to starting my MSc, there was an initial culture shock with the amount of reading and studying required. I have thoroughly enjoyed my time at University of Nottingham on the SEM course and feel equipped with the skills and knowledge to continue my interest and career in Sports Medicine.

The course is run with precision and excellent instruction from all of the very talented lecturers. The exposure to medical staff from a variety of sports has allowed a deeper understanding of the challenges of medical provision in elite athletes. The Library and studying facilities have been accessible and convenient. I particularly enjoyed the SEM clinics and the variety of areas covered in all the taught modules. I would highly recommend this course as a solid foundation for anyone wishing to pursue a career in Sports Medicine."


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